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The Hunt of the Unicorn

by C.C. Humphreys

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Elayne thinks the old family story that one of her ancestors stepped through a tapestry into a world of mythical beasts makes a great fireside tale. But she lives in the real world. In New York City. And she's outgrown that kind of fantasy.

Until she finds herself in front of a unicorn tapestry at the Cloisters museum and sees her initials woven into the fabric. And hears a unicorn calling to her. And slips and falls—into that other world.

Suddenly the line between fantasy and reality isn't so clear. But the danger is real enough. Almost before she can think, Elayne is attacked by a ferocious beast, rescued by a unicorn, and taken prisoner by a tyrant king. Each of them seems to have an idea about her—that she's a hero, a villain, dinner!

But Elayne has a few ideas of her own. She wants to overthrow the king; she wants to tame the unicorn. She wants to go home! And she's willing to become both hero and villain to do it.

Contributor Notes

C. C. HUMPHREYS is an actor-turned-playwright-turned-novelist whose love of history and drama comes out in dashing adventure novels. His books for young adults include the Runestone Saga, and for adults, his latest is Vlad: The Last Confession.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
7 to 17
Editorial Review

"Hand this to readers who like their heroines sassy, and their settings vividly imagined."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Gentle, traditional youth fantasy

This was a decent kids or YA fantasy read that might be elevated to great if you love unicorns, fairytale/legendary/mythical beasts and old-school fairytale-quest-fantasy.

The tone felt a little dated compared to current trends (it is 2011), but there were interesting ideas woven into the narrative and an easy-to-follow, coherent (if a little predictable) plot. Characterization felt a bit lazy; the heroine is remarkable for her 'maiden'-ness and general naivety, the only other named (human) female character is bad, you can tell because she's a stress-eater and obese, and the named male characters are family or romantic interests who quickly fall out as questionable.

Liked the identity and trust issues with the unicorn and the tie-in to the tapestries at the Cloisters - good creative re-use of history and artifacts. Also enjoyable was the portrayal of legendary beasts, especially the slang-and-middle-English speaking two-headed snake, who IMHO was the best character of the lot.

Nothing wildly fresh, but there doesn't always have to be. A gentler read than most, enjoyable especially for a niche fanbase.

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